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Ciel de Lit over linen bedding

My sister just sent me this gorgeous photo of her finished ciel de lit…

She had picked up the dilapidated wooden frame for a song at the

Atelier de Campagne container sale last Spring …see here and here

I’ve also written about Suki’s “Belgian Garage” earlier here

and another post about her home here

A great find, with lots of elbow grease and DIY ingenuity…

and just a tad of diplomacy towards a hunting enthusiast husband….

Sweet Dreams!

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Summer Sojourn


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Glamis Castle…a David Austin English rose…

enveloped in a froth of Nepeta Mussinii Six Hills Giant

A perpetual show as they tumble together artlessly

over the stone walls of the master bedroom patio…

Pascale Palun Avignon

Antique Biot jar on serene sun dappled summer patio…

At the Avignon  home of artist Pascale Palun of Vox Populi…

more here and here

Courtyard in Avignon

Photos Henri Del Olmo

Coté Sud Avril-Mai 2010

Bits and pieces collected over the years

and cured over many seasons in the garden…

Restoration Hardware lanterns

Just those few touches

that please the eye first thing in the

morning and last view at night…

Master bedroom patioThe hillside needs tweaking, the pots another rub of color,

the creeping thyme is fitful and petulant. I’m waiting for

garden furniture to arrive,  and lavender to bloom….

but when the air is crisp and bright and redolent

with the scent of the Madagascar jasmine

…summer is perfection

roses and nepata

Big and little bees move industriously about…

bending the froth with their nimble touch..

Poppy seed heads

Sans ruffles…

the huge poppy seed pods

Living outdoors…

Barely on the computer…

Loving July!

Hope you are all out…out …out…enjoying your summer!

Happy Fourth of July



New Provence style garden Trouvais

Hello all my wonderful readers!!!

I have gotten an amazing amount of work done in the yard…funny how stepping away from the

computer does that for you! The burly menfolk have left me happily alone to aesthetically tweak

the remains of their days here. Now all that’s left to do is water carefully until all the new

planting takes hold. Ideally all of this would have been done a month ago but… c’est la vie.

Old French rose

I had a spare Sombreuil rose at the back of my garden

that was getting a wee bit less sun then ideal, so I hauled

it up to the new sloped garden between the olive tree and an

Italian cypress and am babying it until it forgives me

for roughing it up in the middle of summer…

July garden lavender

The new lavender on the slope is a month away from looking like this…

but we gardeners are always patient…

Still fussing over their top soil, checking carefully

to not over or underwater it…

Here in the lower garden the lavender intermingles happily

and carelessly with hardy geranium Ann Folkard

Liberty antique apple

Espaliered apple tree with “Libery” apples…

purported to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple…


The bees were going wild

over this annual poppy…

a firecracker red….

The emerging poppy seed heads

make a beautiful dried arrangement…

and rattle with the seeds of next year’s crop….


Hope you are all picnic-ing and fair-ing and firework-ing happily away…

Happy Birthday, America!